Virtual flash mob for domestic violence

Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
Rebecca Tichbon encouraged everyone to participate in the dance on Saturday.
Camera IconRebecca Tichbon encouraged everyone to participate in the dance on Saturday.

A Bunbury resident has organised an online flash mob to raise awareness of domestic violence in the community.

Shimmy Mob is a dance performed internationally at 11am on Saturday to create awareness of domestic violence and fundraise to support victims.

Rebecca Tichbon, pictured, said this was the 10th Shimmy Mob anniversary, but it was the first time it had been done in Bunbury.

“Normally they do a flash mob somewhere but it’s not safe for that, so instead we’re doing an online dance,” Ms Tichbon said.

“I’ll be doing a live video and people can dance along to it — it’s quite a simple dance.”

Bunbury resident Rebecca Tichbon will dance for the virtual flash mob on Saturday.
Camera IconBunbury resident Rebecca Tichbon will dance for the virtual flash mob on Saturday. Credit: Ailish Delaney/South Western Times

Ms Tichbon said she had a team of local women who helped her fundraise.

“The funds will go to Waratah, the local support centre.

We’re just trying to raise awareness about the issue that is domestic violence and as part of that, to know what the signs to look for are if you’re helping others or even in yourself.

Rebecca Tichbon

Ms Tichbon encouraged people to get involved because domestic violence was a nationwide issue.

“Particularly at this time, with the impact of COVID-19 causing lockdown, that’s isolating women in those situations as well and we’re seeing an escalation in the number of domestic violence cases because those situations can cause tension.

“It’s a fun way to promote awareness for a serious issue.

“There’s a link to join on the Titch Haven Facebook page.”

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